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Omaha Symphony Conductor Steps In
Dr. A. Barron Breland has anticipated conducting his five English favorites from the choral repertoire for a long time. His wait has been extended, however. A family matter of great importance has called the Résonance music director and conductor out of town.
Ernest Richardson, principal pops conductor and resident conductor for the Omaha Symphony, will helm this weekend’s Britannia! concerts in place of Maestro Breland. "I have great admiration for Barron as an artist and a colleague. His work with Résonance has resulted in a first-class vocal ensemble,” says Richardson. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support my colleague and friend during his time of need.”
May 17, 2017 | Carol Crissey Nigrelli
Résonance Pays Homage to British Choral and Organ Music
The ambitious program of choral and organ works by some of Britain’s foremost composers – Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and others – was chosen for a reason.
“Mark Kurtz is an award-winning organist, so we decided to pick repertoire that would show off both his skills on the organ and the skills of the choir,” says Dr. A. Barron Breland, Résonance music director and conductor, pointing out that each magnificent pipe organ has its own stops, creating a distinctive sound and “color.”
“Mark does have a solo piece that’s going to knock your socks off!” says Breland, who also promises a surprise at the end of the concert.
May 10, 2017 | Carol Crissey Nigrelli
Omaha Talent Roxanne Nielsen and Terry Hodges Featured Instructors
"Have you ever imagined yourself performing on the musical stage? Résonance, Omaha’s premier vocal ensemble, opens a curtain into how the pros get to the next level of excellence. 'Excellence is a journey, not a destination,' shares A. Barron Breland, music director of the ensemble. 'As performers, we are constantly honing our craft and enjoying the consistent refining.' ”
January 27, 2017 | Carol Crissey Nigrelli
"The show features a mixture of homegrown talent — former broadcaster Dave Webber, the professional vocal ensemble Résonance, students from symphony violinist Anne Nagosky’s studio — and Broadway performers, led by four principals: Tiffany Haas, Siri Howard, Graham Rowat and Kevin Vortmann.
"And Résonance delivered a modern arrangement of 'Ding! Dong! Merrily on High' — sometimes pleasingly dissonant — that may have been my favorite number of the night."
December 11, 2016 | Omaha World-Herald
"The Symphony Orchestra was joined by vocal ensemble Résonance in “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Williams’ “Double Trouble” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins.
"Clad in wizard robes and wielding magic wands, they cast spells, made potions, danced nimbly across the stage and sang beautifully. The choreography by Melanie Walters was inventive and fun."
October 24, 2016 | Omaha World-Herald
Résonance, an Omaha vocal ensemble, will combine food, wine and song at its season-opening concert on Saturday.
The event will include vocal and instrumental music that travels from classical to pop with surprising stops in between, said A. Barron Breland, the group’s music director.
Ernest Richardson, principal pops conductor for the Omaha Symphony, will be the master of ceremonies.
September 22, 2016 | Omaha World-Herald
"Breland serves as artistic director of the River City Mixed Chorus, where membership has increased from 40 to 102 people. More recently, he became the music director of Résonance, comprised of trained singers.
'They’re the best vocal group in town, no matter what kind of music you want,' says Breland. 'They’ll go from the annual Christmas show with the symphony to Stravinsky’s Mass, to a cabaret night with show tunes. Résonance keeps me on my toes and excited.' "
July 8, 2016 | Omaha Magazine
"The [Omaha] Symphony was joined by the Résonance chorus, which added just the right amount of dramatic uplift and emotional gravitas to a number of the works. Above all else, movie composers know how to tug heartstrings and get adrenaline pumping, and choral music only amps this ability.... Perhaps best of all, though, was the action that accompanied the musical montage. The Résonance chorus members took to the stage for some goofy pantomimes and singing, and it was, as Ernest Richardson said, wonderfully 'super camp.' "
May 29, 2016 | Omaha World-Herald
'Stabat Mater' is moving meditation on death and faith
"Four accomplished guest soloists took the lead in voicing Dvorák’s setting of a 13th-century Catholic hymn on Jesus’ crucifixion, expertly augmented by the combined forces of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Omaha’s Résonance vocal ensemble and choirs at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha..."
November 6, 2015 | Omaha World-Herald
"Guiding Résonance through this ambitious and full season is its new music director, A. Barron Breland, whose recent appointment was fully funded by Charles C Wood, II. Breland is associate professor of music at Creighton University and artistic director of the River City Mixed Chorus. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the choral arts, having worked with many award-winning ensembles. Résonance also welcomes the addition of the multi-talented pianist and organist, Mark Kurtz. Kurtz currently serves as director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Omaha and is a well-known choral composer...."
September 8, 2015 | Carol Crissey Nigrelli
"The audience enjoyed the romp through TV history but truly let loose during a four-song sing-along encore largely featuring spooky Top 40 hits. Members of Résonance prompted the crowd to join in..."
October 19, 2014 | Omaha World-Herald
"Fronted by Omaha’s Résonance chorus and the latest quartet from resident conductor Ernest Richardson’s pipeline of young Broadway talent, the symphony carried out a delightful tribute to its home region with 'Broadway’s Best of the Midwest.'"
October 5, 2014 | Omaha World-Herald
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